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Aaron Crow Announced For IBM 2024 Convention - Llandudno

Aaron Crow Announced For IBM 2024 Convention - Llandudno

The IBM British Ring 25 have today announced that Aaron Crow will be performing during their convention Gala show this September. This is an amazing announcement and I am so glad that I have a ticket for this convention. It takes place in Llandudno in Wales between the 13 to 15 September 2024. In addition to Aaron, many other artists have also been announced. Please see the poster below. FOR TICKETS - visit the British ring 25 website for more details. https://britishring.org.uk/convention-countdown/ Gala Show tickets are included with full Convention registrations or can be purchased separately through the British Ring website or direct from the Venue Cymru box office. Gala tickets are only £19.50 (includes £3 booking fee and £1.50 Theatre Levy) #magic #magician #variety #venuecymru #venucymrullandudno #aaroncrow I cannot wait for future announcements and I will keep you all posted as I learn official news.

Maths, Magic and Art Workshop

Maths, Magic and Art Workshop

For those in the midlands and near Leicester, take Look at the Maths, Magic and Art Workshop being organised by Neo Magic. Details below. 14-Jul from 1400 to 1530. Scan the QR code below to book.

Ken Hawes - “Absence of Moves” Book Review

Ken Hawes - “Absence of Moves” Book Review

While I love magic, I also enjoy reading autobiographies. Magic autobiographies are not too common as most magicians only write about performance and theory. When I found out about this book, I knew I needed to read it and I put it on my list for 2024. Self penned by magician Ken Hawes, it was released in January of this year (24) and is available on Kindle and paperback by “Publishing Push”. I have a confession though, despite Ken having an amazing career in magic, I only discovered him last year in the August of 2023. I was lucky to see him perform some close up last Summer at a “Balloon Festival” in Northampton. I should also add that I read a lot of autobiographies as it is my favourite genre. I’ve read page turners through to yawn fests. While mainly reading books about TV personalities and musician/actors, this made a nice change. This book is entertaining and I was gripped from the very first chapter. Amazing writing and details from childhood, relations with family, growing up, careers and of course progression within magic. The book comes in at 664 pages and is packed with details as Ken has kept diaries all his life, allowing him to share a level of detail and descriptions of events that others would normally struggle to recall. Despite being a long book, I managed to get through it pretty quick as I kept wanting to know more about Ken’s story. I found his relationship with his Dad intriguing, as a man who fully supported Ken’s dream to perform magic, doing whatever he could to support his interest. Meanwhile, upset about distractions such as Ken’s appearance with longer hair in the 60’s/70’s. Ken paints a picture of a balanced individual who wasn’t obsessed by magic as a a young man and always balanced his interests when growing up between live music, cars and girls. His club - “The Northamptonshire Magicians Club” is also referenced a lot having been a member since the 60’s to present day. You don’t need to be into magic to enjoy this book as it is more of a running theme with lots of other subject matter such as balancing being a single parent, earning an income and supporting his sons. Magic gigs then provide Ken with extra income to support his family and he details learnings, dealing with agents, audiences and contracts. The book honestly accounts Ken’s story and when reflecting, Ken will comment on life’s learnings and if he would do some things differently now as you learn and gain life experience. In midlife, not being content with multiple interests, he documents his interest in writing songs and poetry. An outlet to deal with the challenges of life when needing to voice his thoughts after his marriage breakdown which included open mic performances. No doubt eventually leading to writing his own autobiography. Much focus is on family and work. I particularly enjoyed segments about the IBM magic conventions before the book finishes with Ken settling into retirement and accepting new opportunities to enjoy life and his interests. An enjoyable book for those who like reading autobiographies, with a level of detail that is often missing in other similar books. Congrats to Ken for writing his story and his sister for helping with the editing. A book that proves that we all have our own unique and interesting stories to tell. A recommended read. Buy on Amazon kindle or paperback Buy paperback at Waterstones

London Magic Tours

London Magic Tours

Magician’s Wayne Trice and James Pritchard who are members of the prestigious “ Magic Circle” in London have just launched a brand new London Magic Tour website and Facebook page. Wayne and James can take you on a private walking tour of the hidden, and oft forgotten, magical history around London. Unlock the secrets hidden in London’s West End as they take you on a journey through 150 years of magical history, with some magic thrown in. If you'd like to book or find out more, go to: www.londonmagictour.co.uk The Facebook page to follow is here . When contacting to book, type MSEATS in any emails or within the online booking form for a special 20% off discount. Not suitable for younger children. WAYNE TRICE Wayne Trice brings over three decades of magical expertise to the table, a journey that began at one of the stops you’ll find out about on the London Magic tour and is also where he first met his eventual colleague, James. Together, they now run one of London’s most popular Magical Tours. Wayne’s mastery of close-up magic has graced venues of all sizes, from grand corporate affairs to small  birthday celebrations (5 people in their back garden!). Beyond his enchanting performances, Wayne boasts a rich theatrical background,  even having been Theatre Manager for The Magic Circle’s own theatre in London. Nowadays, he shines as both a magical host and compère at events nationwide. Notably, he takes immense pride in his role as the resident compère for West End Magic, a prestigious family magic show that’s a staple at the Leicester Square Theatre and is currently on tour throughout the UK. For Wayne, it’s the perfect fusion of his dual passions: theatre and magic. JAMES PRITCHARD  Finalist in The Magic Circle’s close-up magician of the year competition and has entertained royalty, celebrities and top companies. He performed magic on BBC 2‘s hit series The Restaurant, hosted by celebrity chef Raymond Blanc. Other media credits include regular performances on Nickelodeon Television and appearing in online campaigns for leading brands, such as Nivea. The Financial Times suggested that James conjure up $618 million to help a major bank (he declined).

Current Magic Shows To Book (June 24 Update)

Current Magic Shows To Book (June 24 Update)

Her is your monthly show update for June - some new individual dates and tours added. As always, I have checked all entries for up to date links and for any new dates. Last month I was able to attend a number of shows/events that included The Poldark Show featuring Angus Baskerville, Kane & Abel, Manuel Martinez and the IBM British Ring No.25 picnic. Please do read the reviews that I posted on this site as it was a good month for live magic. This month, is a little on the quiet side for me and is mainly lectures at the Leicester Magic Circle. I have a music gig though and I hope to get a magic show booked as well. Future shows later in the year that I have tickets for include Ali Cook, West End Magic (Wayne Trice and Oliver Tabor) and then Richard Jones/Matricks. Let me know if I have missed anything or you would like to feature in future. However for this month, a couple of one off shows are also listed as worth seeing. For more one off shows, ents24 is worth checking here as well . The pictures and show posters below contain links to show info. Please note that the links to external sites on promo pics are not affiliated with Magic Seats. Any purchase should be checked for validity as not associated with Magic Seats. Artist line ups and dates for some shows can also change. Tickets can often be purchased from multiple sources, often looking up the local theatre and booking direct is often easiest. Enjoy the magic! Martin Let’s start with North Wales Magic Circle and their “An Evening of Stage Magic” loads happening at this one and not long to wait either.
Ben Hart A July date at Wilton's before his Fringe appearances.
Jack Rhodes As currently featured on BGT. These shows will likely sell fast. Ipswich Magical Society Free entry to this one. A night of Comedy and Magic. As below, you need to email to get your tickets at secretary@ipswichmagicalsociety.co.uk Twisted Fork Magic Show Three performing magicians for the show in August in Ware. Edinburgh Fringe Too many shows to list them all but many magicians perform at the Edinburgh Fringe. Hudson & Hudson, Elliot Bibby, Chris Dugdale, Ben Hart, Tom Brace and many others. Click the link below which displays available shows using "magic" as the search term. The Poldark Show Poldark has just announced all his new hynosis shows for 2024. The shows generally feature support by magicians. Some shows feature Angus Baskerville. James Phelan - Dreamer A brand new show from James and a few dates now advertised at The Magic Circle in London. Dates currently for June and July. I really want to get to this. Kane & Abel Dates for their new "Magician Twinpossible" theatre show. Also Fringe dates over the Summer. Dates for June, July and August. A very funny show. David Alnwick Now advertising new shows, link in pic lists some of the show dates currently available. Now advertising himself as an occult magician. Crowd Keepers Magic Theatre An intimate secret room venue in Bath. Featuring resident magician Billy Kidd and guest performers. Check on their social media pages for who is performing. The Small Space Jasper Blakeley is now advertising his new show "Charlatan". Book in advance as this tends to get sold out. The theatre is in Barry in Wales. Bookable shows until the end of August. Ali Cook - Perception This looks pretty amazing and I have booked. Two dates in Nottingham before its West End debut. 5th and 6th of July. Hinckley Magic Monthly David Michaels and Thomas Dixon are hosting a new monthly magic show. Each month joined by a mystery guest artist on the first Thursday of every month. For June, the next event is the 6th of the month. Magic on the Mersey With Steve Price. Dates in May, July, September and October. A recent winner of the " Tripadvisor Travellers' Choice" award. Identity by Evolution of Magic Back for a Summer run with dates advertised now for July. With Elizabeth and Craig Christian. Elizabeth of course featured on BGT again this year. Cillian O'Connor A UK Summer tour with Ryland Petty also featuring. Dates are July and August. Siegfried and Joy Social media magicians, Siegfried and Joy have some London dates. These are on the 02 and 03 of July. Kevin Quantum Kevin is touring the UK in May and June and has appeared on BGT. Worth seeing. Jay & Joss Two excellent stage magic performers. Loads of tour dates mainly at Butlins venues. They also featured on BGT this year. Hudson & Hudson Husband and wife comedy magic team Alan and Kat Hudson performing at the Comedy crate. Also at this years Edinburgh Fringe. Greg Chapman's - The Non Psychic "Psychic" Show Lots of tour dates. Some are already sold out. Cirque Du Magique Richard Cadell, Solange and Arkadio performing with others. 4 dates at Wolverhampton currently for October and November. X-Treme Magic See Richard at his best doing dangerous stage magic with Solange and Arkadio who are also amazing. They perform a lot of different magic from close up, quick change, coin and cards etc. High Jinx 2024 live dates now announced. The dates advertised are a mix of High Jinx and Michael Jordan's solo tour - Magic & Marvels. I have seen High Jinx a couple of times and highly recommend. Especially if you like stage magic. West End Magic Tour After a successful 2023 tour, more 2024 tour dates have now been announced. I cannot wait to see this and I have tickets for Coventry. Features Wayne Trice and Oliver Tabor. Illusion Impossible Dates for September to December to be very announced soon according to the website. I am monitoring and will let you know when announced. Still not showing as of the end of May so hopefully they will start advertising soon. Matrick's Quite a few tour dates already listed on their website. And they are visiting my home town this year with Richard Jones, so looking forward to seeing them perform. The Curious Cabaret Held twice a month in Nottingham. The next set of shows are now advertising through to August. More details on their FaceBook page here . Bristol Smoke and Mirrors - Mark Bennett Mark is the resident magician at Smoke and Mirrors. Check the website for guest artists that are announced. Richard Jones Many 2024 tour dates now on sale. Next dates are now from September. Always a good show. And some dates to be announced with Matricks. The Magic Circle Shows run all year. A variety of shows worth booking and will be in the Magic Circle theatre. They have been very active promoting shows of late, definitely worth monitoring to see a show if you are in London. A special Laura London show is currently advertised as well for June. James Phelan is also performing here. Morgan and West Advertising their Massive Magic show with dates advertised to June currently. Loads of tour dates. Pete Firman - Trik Tok tour The tour run is now extended with dates until October currently. I can recommend this show. The Magic Hour with Tony Middleton - residency in London. Hopefully I will get to this show at some point. Would be amazing. Running for 10+ years. Dates to book most weeks through to August. Tom Brace - A trick down memory lane - and other shows. Constantly updated with shows. None currently advisersed but would expect more announcements. Russ Browns House of Secrets Lots of regular acts to book to see shows. Ryland Petty performs here a lot and Jasper Cherry. A small intimate venue ideal for magic. Recently hosted John Archer. Always the best acts. The Magic Bar - Live (Wales) A magic bar venue with close up and theatre acts. I will be visiting here in September. Enjoy! Let us know in the comments which tours you are booking to see.

Magic, Lectures And More…

Magic, Lectures And More…

Chris Congreve, Adam Dadswell and Steve Ashcroft are all appearing at “Magic, Lectures and more…”. Starts at 0930 on 15-June. £10 on door and further details and contacts in poster below.

Northern Magic Circle Grand Auction

Northern Magic Circle Grand Auction

Sunday 30th June at the Village Hall, Station Road, Pannal, nr Harrogate HG3 1JG See webpage for details. https://www.northernmagiccircle.org.uk/

An Evening Of Stage Magic

An Evening Of Stage Magic

North Wales Magic Circle Presents “An Evening of Stage Magic” at Rhyl Little Theatre near Rhyl. Tue 2nd July 2024 7:30PM Book tickets at TicketSource here . Details of performers below.

Morgan And West - Latest Tour Dates

Morgan And West - Latest Tour Dates

I have had the opportunity to see Morgan and Weat perform a few times. They are excellent and they are currently very busy touring with dates for the school holidays. The current show is their “Massive Magic Show For Kids & Childish Grown-Ups”. Dates and booking details are here .

IBM British Ring No 25 - My First Year Review

IBM British Ring No 25 - My First Year Review

Yesterday, I attended the annual IBM British Ring No 25 picnic. A brilliant event that nicely helped me celebrate my first year of membership of the ring. When I joined the British Ring in the Summer of 2023, I did not know quite what to expect but I joined to mix and socialise with like minded people who all share the same interest in magic. Like many, I had seen the IBM stand at BMC and then later at the Magic Circle convention last year. I spoke to Oliver Tabor who was the current President at the time and I grabbed some leaflets about the club. A few weeks after considering, I applied to join as there were many benefits. The combination of Zoom and face to face meet ups certainly appealed. I also thought that the monthly magazine “Key Ring” looked really good. Very quickly after joining I received a membership card and British Ring No.25 pin. I really enjoy the monthly magazine and I receive the paper versions as well as I like to keep and collect them. I probably haven’t made as much use of the monthly zoom meetings as I would like just yet and I attended one initially on joining. I intend to join those meetings more frequently and I do already make regular use of their FaceBook group. Another benefit of joining is gaining the reduced member rate for the Convention and I booked last year for the 2024 annual convention that is being held in Llandudno. My accommodation and ticket is already organised, and I cannot wait as the line up announced looks amazing. The Ring actually hosts a few in person events each year which includes a Presidents’ Dinner, picnic and then the convention. My very first in person IBM British Ring No.25 event was actually this weekend (26-May-24), attending the annual picnic which is advertised as the “Picnic in the Barn”. I hope to write a review of the day for the “Key Ring” magazine. There are too many highlights to mention that happened during the picnic as lots was organised. A big thanks especially to the President Philip Partridge and Dr Steven, Council/members/lecturers/performers and the Tabor family who hosted the event at their barn/farm. It is also worth mentioning how friendly everyone is within the ring. So many people came up and said hello and introduced themselves. I really appreciated this and you all helped make the day very memorable for me. Lots of new friends made as well as the opportunity to chat with some familiar faces. Thank you. If you are thinking of joining the British Ring No.25, I would definitely recommend. Find more details here at https://britishring.org.uk/online-application-form/ Lastly, I am really looking forward to the convention in September in Llandudno. I hope to see you there. Thanks to all at the IBM British Ring No.25.

The Poldark Show Featuring Angus Baskerville - Review

The Poldark Show Featuring Angus Baskerville - Review

As part of the “Fringe Week” in Rugby, “The Poldark Show” with Poldark and featuring Angus Baskerville performed at The Rugby Theatre in Warwickshire. Though I have lived in the Rugby area for a long time, it was my first time visiting this venue. A small old fashioned and intimate theatre. The show started with a compère introducing the proceedings and then Angus Baskerville took to the stage as the opening act. Previously I had reviewed Angus via zoom about 4 years ago and it was good to see him again performing live. Now successfully working professionally as a magician/mind reader who is performing shows in theatres. For his act, he was on stage for approximately 50 minutes and his set comprised mainly of mentalism. He gained excellent crowd reactions and kept the show very interactive. Using mind reading techniques he was able to accurately reveal spectators thoughts which culminated in a whole series of predictions which ended his set impressively, A very enjoyable opening act/set which was amusing to watch as Angus entertained the crowd. A good start to the show with a confident and professional show by Angus. Entry price was very reasonable and was worth the cost alone just to see Angus. It was really two shows for the price of one. After the intermission, Poldark then performed the main part of the show hypnotising willing audience members. An opportunity for those wanting to see hypnosis live or to even be hypnotised themselves. Only willing volunteers who wish to be hypnotised are invited on stage with no pressure. Poldark started with about 12 volunteers. He then worked with the volunteers to place them under hypnosis. His promise was not to embarrass any volunteer and he works through a few rules. Alcohol (off your face) is a big no no if you wish to be hypnotised as Poldark follows professional guidelines. As a smaller audience, Poldark quickly gained the volunteers needed and he worked with them until he had a small core who were successfully hypnotised. While not strictly speaking magic as hypnosis is a mystery to many that I don’t normally review. It was interesting to see performed and different. While some other acts may dabble is some hypnosis techniques (Derren Brown), this is a full on hypnotic show. Poldark is widely successful and is launching a further tour in 2024. If anything, I probably could not fully appreciate his performance as this type of show is probably best viewed with friends. And of course if you then know the volunteers, it must be extra funny. See the El Mistico tour dates below. Many thanks to Rugby Theatre, Angus Baskerville and of course Poldark.

Twisted Fork Magic Show

Twisted Fork Magic Show

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